WILLIAMS CONFIRM SECOND DRIVER…
Shortly after confirming Bradley Downton at Williams, the team principal made an official announcement to say that Jamie Franklin would partner Downton at the British team. Having been in poor form of late, it is a little bit of a risky move from both drivers, but Jamie Franklin seemed particularly upbeat on the matter.
“As Bradley said before, it was definitely time for a change. Lotus were a great team, and I can’t thank them enough for the success that they brought me over the winter, but I needed a new environment. I had an offer from McLaren, which I considered thoroughly, as they are a fantastic team, but I had to respectfully decline when I started negotiations with Williams. The pay was nowhere near as good, but that isn’t what matters to me. Firstly, what I saw was that everyone at the factory was highly motivated for the new season. Then, when I took a look at the contract, I just couldn’t say no. Though Bradley didn’t know at the time, Williams wanted to employ me not only as a driver, but also as a coach. Bradley is a fantastic driver, and it’s been great working with him in the past seasons, but there have been holes in his game, which the team and I will work to close up. We want the team to be the best on the grid. We will be working hard prior to the new season beginning and if the car is as good as the team seem to think, then we can bring glory back to Williams.”
Though the pairing is very familiar to fans of the sport, it could be exciting to see them tackle a new challenge in the shape of the Williams. Will they be able to take home the titles?…Who knows, but it will be very interesting.